Castle in Erice

Castello di Venere

This 12th- to 13th-century Norman castle was built over the Temple of Venus, long a site of worship for the ancient Elymians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Nowadays the castle's rooms are off-limits, but...

Cathedral in Erice

Real Duomo

Erice's Royal Cathedral – a golden mirage of sculpted buttermilk stone and Carrara marble – was built in 1314 by order of a grateful Frederick III who sheltered in Erice during the Sicilian Vespers uprising...

Monument in Erice

Torre di Federico

Begin your Erice foray with a sweeping bird's-eye view of the medieval village from the top of this 28m-tall crenellated tower. It served as a lookout during the Sicilian Vespers uprising (1282–1314) and later...

Church in Erice

Chiesa di San Giuliano

Built by the Normans in the 11th century, this church later underwent extensive reconstruction, including the addition of an 18th-century baroque bell tower. The interior holds a collection of religious...

Church in Erice

Chiesa di San Martino

Originally built in Gothic style in the 14th century, this church was demolished and completely rebuilt in the late 1600s. Its bright white interior is punctuated by an elegantly carved 18th-century wooden choir...

Church in Erice

Chiesa di San Giovanni

This church is noteworthy for its pair of Renaissance sculptures by the Gagini family: Antonio Gagini's statue of St John the Baptist, and Antonello Gagini's St John the Evangelist.